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Subject and Former Maryland Officer Charged with Assault Had a History

A Baltimore police officer who resigned over the weekend following a violent confrontation with a subject — and was subsequently charged with first- and second-degree assault — reportedly had a history with the man.

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West Virginia Deputy's Facebook Post About Fight with Subject Goes Viral

Deputy Kristen Richmond of the Brooke County Sheriff’s Office posted on her Facebook page a lengthy description of a five-minute fight with "a 5’11, 195lb collegiate male athlete who was gooned up on an unknown drug" in the hope that it "serves as a swift kick in the [hindquarters] to a lot of cops." The post quickly went viral.

Fight from the Guard on the Ground

Let's discuss the best strategy to deal with the situation where you are forced to the ground by the arrestee, who ends up in your "guard" (on top but not mounted—simply between your legs).

Countering Gun Grabs on the Ground

Even a well-trained officer can find him- or herself on the ground when initiating an arrest. Things happen quickly and things can get ugly quickly. Be sure that you are ready to counter any grabs for your weapons.

Defending Against a Ground Attack

One of the worst-case scenarios for officers is to be on the ground with assailants sitting on top of them punching or choking them. In order to train for this worst-case scenario, your tactics need to be simple and effective.

Video: Bystanders Help Ohio Cop Break Up Fight

A casino patron and municipal bus driver helped a Cleveland Police officer subdue three teens during a physical confrontation earlier this month in downtown's Public Square.

Choke Escapes

MMA practitioners commonly use choking techniques to defeat their opponents. The consequences of your being "choked out" or rendered unconscious are severe for officers. Learn how to defeat the rear naked choke and guillotine choke.

Choke Escapes: 2 Techniques

If you find yourself against an MMA aficionado, you'll want to know how to get out of a choke hold. View detailed photos showing escape techniques to defend against the rear naked choke and the guillotine choke. Read our full article, "Choke Escapes." Photos by Jimmy Lee.

Weapon Retention on the Ground

If you unexpectedly end up on the ground, you will be forced to make aggressive efforts to retain your firearm. Unfortunately, many law enforcement trainers focus on standing weapon retention techniques, which creates a training gap that leaves officers vulnerable when they find themselves in a ground fight.

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Up Close, Personal, and Violent

Most attacks on law enforcement officers occur at a range of 10 feet. Are you training for them?